15 days in Arkansas, Nashville & Virginia Itinerary

15 days in Arkansas, Nashville & Virginia Itinerary

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15 days in Arkansas, Nashville & Virginia Itinerary

Start: New York City
+2
bus + Fly + taxi:  6​h 30​min
1
Eureka Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
2
Hot Springs
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
3
Nashville
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
4
Damascus
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Natural Bridge
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Appomattox
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Charlottesville
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
End: New York City

2
nights
Eureka Springs

Eureka Springs ©
Nestled in the heart of the Ozark Mountains, the whole town of Eureka Springs is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Basin Spring Park and then identify plant and animal life at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge. On the 9th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a stroll through Eureka Springs Historical Downtown, view the masterpieces at The Birdcage, stop by Gourmet Eureka, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Elizabeth's Catholic Church, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Thorncrown Chapel, and finally identify plant and animal life at Blue Spring Heritage Center.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Eureka Springs vacation site .

New York City to Eureka Springs is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of bus, flight, and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from New York City to Eureka Springs. Traveling from New York City in October, expect little chillier with lows of 51°F in Eureka Springs. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can drive to Hot Springs.

Things to do in Eureka Springs

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel, Pea Ridge National Military Park
Highlights from your plan
Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge ©
St. Elizabeth's Catholic Church ©
St. Elizabeth's Catholic Church
Beaver Lake ©
Beaver Lake

3
nights
Hot Springs

Hot Springs ©
Set deep in the Ouachita Mountains, the city of Hot Springs almost completely surrounds the national park of the same name.
Visiting Albert Pike Recreation Area and Crater of Diamonds State Park will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Fordyce Bathhouse (Vistor Center) and Bathhouse Row. There's still lots to do: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and stroll through Grand Promenade.

For reviews and more tourist information, go to the Hot Springs trip builder app .

Drive from Eureka Springs to Hot Springs in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. While traveling from Eureka Springs, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Hot Springs, ranging from highs of 78°F to lows of 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Nashville.

Things to do in Hot Springs

Parks Outdoors Adventure

Side Trips

Crater of Diamonds State Park, Albert Pike Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
Albert Pike Recreation Area ©
Albert Pike Recreation Area
Fordyce Bathhouse (Vistor Center) ©
Fordyce Bathhouse (Vistor Center)
Zipline

2
nights
Nashville

Nashville ©
Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
Get outdoors at Centennial Park and Hermitage Golf Course. Downtown Franklin and Carnton will appeal to history buffs. Step out of Nashville to go to Franklin and see Carter House, which is approximately 30 minutes away. There's still lots to do: catch a live performance at Grand Ole Opry, get to know the fascinating history of Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, take an in-depth tour of Lotz House Museum, and take a stroll through Downtown Nashville.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Nashville trip planner .

Getting from Hot Springs to Nashville by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car and flight. October in Nashville sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 52°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel to Damascus.

Things to do in Nashville

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Franklin, Hermitage Golf Course
Highlights from your plan
Grand Ole Opry ©
Grand Ole Opry
Downtown Franklin ©
Downtown Franklin
Carnton ©
Carnton

1
day
Damascus

Damascus ©
Damascus is a town in Washington County, Virginia, United States. On the 17th (Wed), grab your bike and head to Adventure Damascus, then learn about winemaking at Abingdon Vineyard & Winery, and then hike along Virginia Creeper Trail.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Damascus trip builder app .

You can drive from Nashville to Damascus in 5 hours. Another option is to fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Nashville to Damascus. Traveling from Nashville in October, you will find days in Damascus are a bit cooler (69°F), and nights are about the same (49°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel to Natural Bridge.

Things to do in Damascus

Trails Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Abingdon Vineyard & Winery
Highlights from your plan
Adventure Damascus ©
Adventure Damascus
Abingdon Vineyard & Winery ©
Abingdon Vineyard & Winery

1
night
Natural Bridge

Natural Bridge ©
Natural Bridge is an unincorporated community in Rockbridge County, Virginia, United States. Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Virginia Safari Park, contemplate the long history of Stonewall Jackson House, and then take in the dramatic natural features at The Natural Bridge of Virginia.

To find more things to do and tourist information, you can read our Natural Bridge journey planner .

You can drive from Damascus to Natural Bridge in 3 hours. When traveling from Damascus in October, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Natural Bridge: temperatures range from 59°F by day to 45°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel to Appomattox.

Things to do in Natural Bridge

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Stonewall Jackson House
Highlights from your plan
Virginia Safari Park ©
Virginia Safari Park
Stonewall Jackson House ©
Stonewall Jackson House

1
night
Appomattox

Appomattox ©
Appomattox is a town in Appomattox County, Virginia, United States. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Presbyterian Cemetery, then stroll through Riverwalk Trail, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Appomattox Court House National Historical Park, and finally witness the site of a historic battle at Appomattox Station Battlefield Park.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Appomattox trip itinerary app .

You can drive from Natural Bridge to Appomattox in 1.5 hours. When traveling from Natural Bridge in October, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Appomattox: temperatures range from 70°F by day to 47°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel to Charlottesville.

Things to do in Appomattox

Parks Historic Sites Trails

Side Trip

Lynchburg
Highlights from your plan
Presbyterian Cemetery ©
Presbyterian Cemetery
Appomattox Station Battlefield Park ©

3
nights
Charlottesville

Charlottesville ©
Situated at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Charlottesville is perhaps best known as the home of three of the United States' founding fathers, including Thomas Jefferson.
On the 20th (Sat), steep yourself in history at James Madison's Montpelier, then learn about winemaking at Barboursville Vineyards and Historic Ruins, and then contemplate the long history of James Monroe's Highland. On the next day, relax in the rural setting at Carter Mountain Orchard, then get a taste of the local shopping with Michie Tavern ca. 1784, then relax in the rural setting at Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Bold Rock Hard Cider.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Charlottesville route maker .

Traveling by car from Appomattox to Charlottesville takes 1.5 hours. October in Charlottesville sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Charlottesville

Historic Sites Outdoors Wineries

Side Trips

Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards, James Madison's Montpelier, Barboursville Vineyards and Historic Ruins, Bold Rock Hard Cider
Highlights from your plan
James Madison's Montpelier ©
James Madison's Montpelier
James Monroe's Highland ©
James Monroe's Highland
Carter Mountain Orchard ©
Carter Mountain Orchard

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